Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site Interpretation Center
Virtual Museum of Canada

Low angle view of the wooden palisade surrounding the  Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site Interpretation Center's village, covered by creeping plants.

Wooden palisade surrounding a village

For the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, choosing a site for a village was very important, and this responsibility was entrusted to the elders. Often surrounded by a wooden palisade, these villages were semi-permanent since the families living there moved to a new spot every 10 to 20 years. The basic dwelling was the longhouse, which was divided into 'apartments' for each family, with a row of hearths in the open central aisle. Such a dwelling could shelter up to ten families, or more than 50 people.